Summit Hotel Properties Declares Third Quarter 2014 Dividends Oct 31, 2014 02:41PM

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Summit Hotel Properties (NYSE: INN) (“the Company”) announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized, and the Company declared, a cash dividend for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014 of $0.1175 per share of common stock of the Company and per common unit of limited partnership interest in Summit Hotel OP, LP, the Company’s operating partnership.

The Board of Directors also authorized, and the Company has declared, a cash dividend of $0.578125 per share of the Company’s 9.25 percent Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock for the dividend period ending on November 28, 2014; a cash dividend of $0.4921875 per share of the Company’s 7.875 percent Series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock for the dividend period ending on November 28, 2014; and a cash dividend of $0.4453125 per share of the Company’s 7.125 percent Series C Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock for the dividend period ending on November 28, 2014.

The dividends are payable November 28, 2014 to holders of record as of November 14, 2014.

About Summit Hotel Properties

Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. is a publicly-traded real estate investment trust focused primarily on acquiring and owning premium-branded, select-service hotels in the upscale and upper midscale segments of the lodging industry. As of September 30, 2014, the Company’s portfolio consisted of 91 hotels with a total of 11,589 guestrooms located in 21 states.

For additional information, please visit the Company’s website, and follow the Company on Twitter at @SummitHotel_INN.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934, as amended, pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are generally identifiable by use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “potential,” “intend,” “expect,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “approximately,” “believe,” “could,” “project,” “predict,” “forecast,” “continue,” “plan,” “likely,” “would” or other similar words or expressions. These forward-looking statements relate to the payment of dividends. Forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions and can include future expectations, future plans and strategies, financial and operating projections or other forward-looking information. These forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, not all of which are known to the Company and many of which are beyond the Company’s control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the state of the U.S. economy, supply and demand in the hotel industry and other factors as are described in greater detail in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including, without limitation, the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013. Unless legally required, the Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Summit Hotel Properties, Inc.

Elisabeth Eisleben, 512-538-2306

Director of Investor Relations

Source: Summit Hotel Properties, Inc.

Letter to the Editor: Guardians of Remembrance Oct 31, 2014 02:38PM

OTTAWA, ON -- (Marketwired) -- 10/31/14 -- The Royal Canadian Legion and its members are the "Guardians of Remembrance" in Canada. As such, the Legion provides a number of resources that you can easily access when planning commemorations in your local areas.

For example, there is your local branch of The Royal Canadian Legion. By contacting them, people may meet Veterans from all peace support operations who are willing to share their experiences with an audience.

There are also many resources that can be used by going to and clicking on any of the icons in the menu category that says Honour and Remember. There, people can find a wealth of information about Poppy and Remembrance, Youth Education and Teaching Guide to name a few.

The Legion Pilgrimage of Remembrance section also includes impressions of the battlefields and the gravesites visited by those who attended these pilgrimages and can give those researching them a whole new perspective on Remembrance.

Under the Youth Education icon, people can find the regulations for the Poster (Colour or Black & White) and Literary (Essays and Poems) Contests that are conducted each year in schools across Canada in each of the Senior, Intermediate, Junior and Primary categories. The winners of the national competition in the senior category (Grades 10, 11, 12) go to Ottawa to represent the Youth of Canada at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony and place a wreath on their behalf.

But it all begins with our most important resource -- our Legion members and their branches in your local area. Please reach out to us during this Poppy Campaign. 

Lest we Forget!

Tom Eagles
Dominion President
The Royal Canadian Legion

   Dominion Command  The Royal Canadian Legion  (613) 591-3335  (613) 591-9335 (FAX) 

Source: The Royal Canadian Legion

Purdue University Engineers Report Superior Performance of Solidia’s CO2-Cured Concrete over Traditional Concretes to American Concrete Institute Oct 31, 2014 02:37PM

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Engineers from Purdue University reported that carbon dioxide (CO2)-cured concrete performed comparably or better than traditional ordinary Portland Cement-based concrete for resistance to cold weather and exposure to extreme conditions during presentations to the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Fall 2014 Convention taking place this week in Washington, DC. Using the same raw materials and existing equipment as traditional concretes, the patented processes of Solidia Technologies® under investigation by the team of researchers starts with a sustainable cement, cures concrete with CO2 instead of water, reduces carbon emissions up to 70 percent, and recycles 60 to 100 percent of the water used in production.

“On multiple indicators, our findings underscore comparable or favorable performance of the calcium silicate-based carbonated concrete under severe conditions,” said Purdue University Professor of Civil Engineering Jan Olek, Ph.D., P.E., who co-directs the ongoing research with Purdue Professor Jason Weiss, Ph.D. The Purdue-Solidia team is conducting long-term investigations exploring “Failure Mechanisms in Concrete: A Comparative Study of the Ordinary Portland Cement and Solidia Cement™ Concretes.”

Presenting findings of “Freeze-Thaw and Scaling Resistance of Calcium Silicate-based Carbonated Concretes,” Purdue Research Assistant HyunGu Jeong reported that the investigators examined the durability of Solidia Cement-based concrete and traditional OPC-based concretes under various conditions, including exposure to freezing and thawing (F/T) cycles and scaling in the presence of four percent CaCl2 solution. “The Solidia Concrete™ that has been tested performed better (or similar to) OPC concrete specimens with 20 percent fly ash in terms of scaling and F/T resistances,” said Jeong.

Presenting findings of “An Experimental Investigation of the Selected Properties of Calcium Silicate-Based Carbonated Concrete (CSCC) Systems,” Purdue Research Assistant Warda Ashraf reported that investigators identified the microstructural phases of the CSCC System and studied mechanical properties. They found that the mechanical properties of CSCC System were comparable with the conventional OPC system, and that, under the same exposure condition, OPC pavers showed higher efflorescence than the CSCC pavers.

Another Purdue Ph.D. student, Raikhan Tokpatayeva, also working on the project won the American Ceramic Society Best Student Poster Award during the meeting held at Tennessee Technological University in July 2014. The investigative team includes researchers from Solidia Technologies, including Director of R&D Vahit Atakan, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist Jitendra Jain, Ph.D., and Research Scientist Deepak Ravikumar, as well as Purdue Professor Emeritus Sidney Diamond, Ph.D.

About Solidia Technologies®

Solidia Technologies® makes it easy and profitable to use CO2 to create superior and sustainable building materials. Solidia’s patented technology starts with a sustainable cement, cures concrete with CO2 instead of water, reduces carbon emissions up to 70%, and recycles 60 to 100% of the water used in production. Using the same raw materials and existing equipment as traditional concretes, the resulting CO2-cured concrete products are higher performing, cost less to produce, and cure in less than 24 hours. Currently in commercialization for large- and small-scale applications, Solidia’s R&D collaborators include Lafarge, The Linde Group, DOT’s Federal Highway Administration, DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, Rutgers University, Purdue University, Ohio University, and the University of South Florida. Solidia was named to the 2014 Global Cleantech 100, the 2013 R&D Top 100, a 2014 Best Place to Work in NJ, a finalist in both the 2014 CCEMC Grand Challenge First Round and the 2013 Katerva Award, and shortlisted to MIT’s Climate CoLab. Based in Piscataway, N.J. (USA), Solidia’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Bright Capital, BASF, and BP. Follow Solidia Technologies at and on LinkedIn and Twitter: @SolidiaCO2.

About Purdue University

Purdue University is a state-assisted doctoral-granting institution founded in 1869. It is a leading research institution with a system-wide enrollment of more than 69,000 students from 50 states and 130 countries. Twenty-three Purdue alumni have become NASA astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, and Eugene Cernan, the last to do so. Purdue's engineering program is one of the largest in the nation. Forty-seven Purdue faculty, students, and staff had discoveries that were patented in 2012. The Purdue Research Foundation reported 356 invention disclosures, 446 patent applications worldwide, 95 issued patents worldwide and the creation of five startups from Purdue-licensed technologies.

YUI+Company, Inc.

Ellen Yui

o: 301-270-8571

m: 301-332-4135

Source: Solidia Technologies

First Majestic Silver Corp. Third Quarter Financial Results to be Released on November 12, 2014 Oct 31, 2014 02:35PM

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VANCOUVER, Oct. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - FIRST MAJESTIC SILVER CORP. (AG: NYSE; FR: TSX) (the "Company" or "First Majestic") is pleased to announce that its unaudited third quarter financial results will be released on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

First Majestic is a mining company focused on silver production in México and is aggressively pursuing the development of its existing mineral property assets and the pursuit through acquisition of additional mineral assets which contribute to the Company achieving its corporate growth objectives.

FIRST MAJESTIC SILVER CORP."signed"Keith Neumeyer, President & CEO


This news release includes certain "Forward-Looking Statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. When used in this news release, the words "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "target", "plan", "forecast", "may", "schedule" and similar words or expressions, identify forward-looking statements or information. These forward-looking statements or information relate to, among other things: the price of silver and other metals; the accuracy of mineral reserve and resource estimates and estimates of future production and costs of production at our properties; estimated production rates for silver and other payable metals produced by us, the estimated cost of development of our development projects; the effects of laws, regulations and government policies on our operations, including, without limitation, the laws in Mexico which currently have significant restrictions related to mining; obtaining or maintaining necessary permits, licences and approvals from government authorities; and continued access to necessary infrastructure, including, without limitation, access to power, land, water and roads to carry on activities as planned.

These statements reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events and are necessarily based upon a number of assumptions and estimates that, while considered reasonable by the Company, are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties and contingencies. Many factors, both known and unknown, could cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from the results, performance or achievements that are or may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information and the Company has made assumptions and estimates based on or related to many of these factors. Such factors include, without limitation: fluctuations in the spot and forward price of silver, gold, base metals or certain other commodities (such as natural gas, fuel oil and electricity); fluctuations in the currency markets (such as the Canadian dollar and Mexican peso versus the U.S. dollar); changes in national and local government, legislation, taxation, controls, regulations and political or economic developments in Canada, Mexico; operating or technical difficulties in connection with mining or development activities; risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral exploration, development and mining (including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, unusual or unexpected formations, pressures, cave-ins and flooding); risks relating to the credit worthiness or financial condition of suppliers, refiners and other parties with whom the Company does business; inability to obtain adequate insurance to cover risks and hazards; and the presence of laws and regulations that may impose restrictions on mining, including those currently enacted in Mexico; employee relations; relationships with and claims by local communities and indigenous populations; availability and increasing costs associated with mining inputs and labour; the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development, including the risks of obtaining necessary licenses, permits and approvals from government authorities; diminishing quantities or grades of mineral reserves as properties are mined; the Company's title to properties; and the factors identified under the caption "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Information Form, under the caption "Risks Relating to First Majestic's Business".

Investors are cautioned against attributing undue certainty to forward-looking statements or information. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause results not to be anticipated, estimated or intended. The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements or information to reflect changes in assumptions or changes in circumstances or any other events affecting such statements or information, other than as required by applicable law.

SOURCE First Majestic Silver Corp.

Hassle-Free Holiday Travel Oct 31, 2014 02:35PM

CHICAGO, Oct. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Millions of passengers will be traveling through U.S. airports during the 2014 holiday season. This translates into long lines, congested traffic and stress, particularly for those traveling with small children.  To help make the process go more smoothly, the travel experts at The GO Group, LLC have these recommendations:

Check your flight before you leave for the airportNothing is worse than arriving at the airport and discovering that your flight has been delayed or cancelled.  To ensure this won't happen, opt to have your airline notify you about flight status via text or email, or phone your airline before you leave.

Avoid rush hourTry to avoid departing during rush hours, which are 6:45 to 9:30 a.m. and 3:45 to 6:30 p.m.  Both the traffic to and at the airport will slow you down.

Arrive earlyDomestic and international passengers should arrive at the airport at least two hours before departure during the holidays when crowds and security are greatest.  Be prepared for even longer times in the event of inclement weather and increased security during unforeseen crises or security threats. 

Skip the boarding pass lineIf your airline has the option, print your boarding pass before you get to the airport so you do not have to wait in line.  Even easier, store your boarding pass in your phone which can be scanned at the airport.

Bypass lengthy TSA screening The holidays draw people who don't travel frequently and aren't familiar with the screening process. Traveling with children always takes more time, too.  Avoid the aggravation by applying for The TSA Precheck™ which, for a fee, allows low-risk travelers to experience expedited security screening at the 300 participating U.S. airport checkpoints. Click here for details.  

AttireBe prepared to remove jackets and footwear; wear slip-ons to speed up the process. Note that children 12 and under are not required to remove their shoes.  Because of the sensitivity of Advanced Imaging Technology, remove all items from your pockets, including wallets, paper products and cell phones to reduce the chance of additional screening.

Children and petsChildren must be removed from strollers and carriers; folding and collapsing items while in line will save time.  All child-related equipment must then go through the X-ray machine.  TSA is not allowed to separate parents or guardians from their children.  Pets too must be removed from carriers, which will then be X-rayed.

Double-check luggage guidelinesThe size and number of allowed carry-ons varies according to airlines. Check ahead of time and be sure to weigh your luggage before you leave home. Each passenger is allowed one, clear quart-sized bag for liquids under 4 oz. For a complete list of allowed and banned items visit

Packages: Do not bring wrapped gifts to the checkpoint. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may have to unwrap them for security reasons.  

Follow these tips for safe, stress free and happy travels!

The GO Group, LLC  provides both shared-ride shuttles and private cars at some 66 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe.  For a complete list, visit the website at  The company serves some 13 million passengers per year. 


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